Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Standamaran: Final Shaping

A quick review:  The Standamaran is a catamaran style stand up paddleboard that I am building for fly fishing for carp on big flats.  Click here for the full history.

The last time there was any movement on Project Standamaran it was 5 months ago!!!  A fly swap, Zack's final push towards getting his Blackbelt and a totally awesome pool league (all on top of fishing and normal life of course) all conspired to leave me with little or no energy for such a big project.  No big deal, you can't really laminate fiberglass in the Winter without a heated garage around here anyways.

I am going to need to finish this thing soon if it is going to be ready for prime time on some of my bigger flats though - so in the last couple of weeks I got off my butt and made some serious progress.

The first next step was to round the edges on the pontoons and glue them to the platform with Gorilla Glue.


Then I added some foam in order to smoothly transition between the platform and the pontoons:




Then I did the final shaping of all the edges and transitions and sanded everything with 40 or 60 grit.  All I have left to do is finish filling and smoothing the most egregious dings and dents and then I am ready for fiberglass!!!  It weighs 13lb without the fiberglass, I am expecting it to come out around 26lb final weight.












15 comments:

  1. That is so awesome! Looks great already! How much is the cost thus far?

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    1. Materials are going to come in around 300. The total depends on what tools you already have. You don't really need anything expensive, but I suspect I have nickle and dimed myself up to around 400.

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  2. Are you going to drill any holes in that floor for D rings or straps or anything? Or reinforce the middle at all?
    I like how wide it is, nice and stable. I know right where I'd take it here in Montucky.

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    1. I am going to wait to rig it until I havr it out on the water a bit to get s feel for what I want. The whole thing will be reinorced with fiberglass.

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  3. Pretty impressive on both counts - Zack's black belt and the Standamaran. I'll be interested to hear how this works out. I've been contemplating the merits of an SUP for flats fishing.

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    1. I sure hope it works. The idea of managing a pushpole, flyrod, stopping, casting etc. Is all intimidating for sure.

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  4. First let me say that I absolutely applaud the DIY. It truly looks stellar. But my question -which may have been answered in earlier posts- is why? What did you envision this to do over an already developed paddle board ?

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    1. Please ignore. Lol. Read the first post

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    2. No problem. The whole thing is nuts. We all know it !!!!

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  5. Been watching..... looks great! Almost looks like a big bandaid. LoL that thing is gonna be awesome!

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  6. That is the work of an engineer for sure! Nice! Can't wait for reports.

    Gregg

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